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Introduction to Beekeeping
A four hour theory and practical course which includes hands on practice with two hive openings and how to light a smoker.
About this Event
Join local Ballarat Beekeepers Amanda Collins and Scott Denno for this 4 hour Introduction to Beekeeping Course. Amanda and Scott have been keeping bees for the past 8 years in both urban and rural settings for honey production and agricultural pollination services.
Scott holds a Certificate Three in Beekeeping from the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Certificate Four in Training and Assessment from the Gordon Institute of TAFE, Geelong. Scott is a member of the State Quarantine Response Team (SQRT) with Agriculture Victoria, foundation member of the Victorian Recreational Beekeepers Association (VRBA) and a member of Ballarat Regional Beekeepers and Geelong Beekeepers Club. Scott has a special interest in biosecurity and training new beekeepers.
In addition to qualifications in Applied Science and Arts, Amanda has recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Agribusiness from Marcus Oldham College, Geelong to progress her interest in agricultural pollination services. Amanda is also a State Quarantine Response Team(SQRT) member with Agricultural Victoria and has complete biosecurity units as part of Certificate Three in Beekeeping with New South Wales Department of Primary Industries. Amanda has a special interest in the agricultural pollination services, bee friendly gardens and the social impact of bees.
Amanda and Scott are both Wheen Bee Ambassadors, passionate about urban farming and local food production with their involvement with Made of Ballarat and Eat Drink West and are founders of HiveMind Community Apiary, a community enterprise designed to provide therapeutic beekeeping and horticultural practice to people living with mental illness.